COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M University says they are set to launch Aggie ACHIEVE, the state's first inclusive, four-year postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In a press release, the program is set to launch in the fall. Aggie ACHIEVE stands for Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocation Experiences. It is a certified-based inclusive higher education program for young adults with disabilities to expand their interests and prepare them for employment.
Students who are involved in Aggie ACHIEVE will not receive a Texas A&M degree, however, they will receive a certificate which will acknowledge their successful completion of the program.
Last week, we introduced you to Miguel, a student in our new @aggieachieve program. Now, meet the other students and learn more about how our program will transform lives. 👉 https://t.co/mlUvum5oWm pic.twitter.com/heIjGYBZDj— Texas A&M Education & Human Development (@cehdtamu) May 29, 2019
“This is not meant to be a place to come get the college experience and then go back to what you were doing before. The intention of this program is to provide a rigorous education, academics and employment experience that will prepare these young adults to go out and work in the community in a job they are interested in that matches their strengths,” said Dr. Carly Gilson, assistant professor of special education.
The students will live on campus, participate in classes ad serve in clubs and organizations.
The first two years of the program will introduce the students to college life and focus on independent living, career awareness and self-determination.
The students will also be required to audit credit courses.
The last two years are to focus on career development and field specialization. The press release said the students will also participate in on and off campus internships in their field of interest.
Students in Aggie ACHIEVE are required to pay tuition and fees. However, Gilson is working to receive a comprehensive transition program designation to help offset several fees.
For more information on the program, visit their website.